As homeowners we must understand that architecture and interior design are not two separate elements but rather two interdependent ones which share a singular ultimate goal: to create the perfect living environment by complementing each other. There are many inspiring projects which we could use as examples and we chose the White House, one of the most recent collaborations between SAOTA architects and ARRCC interior designers. The house was initially planned by Vivid Architects. It’s one of the best expressions of the harmony which can be achieved when architects and designers work together.
Most of the most eye-catching and sophisticated decor elements is the cascading chandelier displayed in the dining roomThe large live-edge dining table is perfectly centerred on a minimalist, light grey area rugThe covered patio has a casual vibe and offers the best views of the swimming pool and the gardenA large tree emphasizes the close connection between the house and its immediate surroundings
Located in Constantia Valley, in Cape Town, the White House is part of a luxury residential estate. Its dramatic facade gives it a rather imposing look but doesn’t diminish in any way the overall sophisticated and welcoming nature of this home. With that in mind, the team agreed that the furnishings and overall interior design shouldn’t complete with the architecture of the building so a neutral palette was maintained throughout. The volumes are large and open but they’re not overwhelmingly simple or bright thanks to strategic design choices such as the timber ceilings or the warm wooden wall paneling.
A large corridor with high ceilings is decorated with the owner’s personal art piecesThe living room has an oversized window facing the swimming pool and warm wooden floors
Honed stone floors and wall slabs makes the indoor-outdoor transition seamlessThe covered patio looks and feels like an extension of the living area and serves as a secondary lounge and dining spaceFor the living room the designers chose brown leather sofas and ottomans and armchairs with zebra stripesThe palette of materials, finishes and colors was carefully selected to suit a sophisticated and minimalist themeBy bringing plants and greenery inside the house, the designers brought the indoor and outdoor closer togetherThe ultimate goal of this project was to create a chic and welcoming home that’s both sophisticated and comfortableLarge windows allow vivid colors, natural light and beautiful views to penetrate the spaces without overwhelming themA bridge-like corridor links all the bedrooms and bathrooms housed on the upper floorThe swimming pool is exquisitely framed by trees and greenery as well as by a sculptural lounge area